Find out more about LYP, including our approach, our team and our history.
Leatherhead Youth Project launched in 2005 to provide much needed services for socially and economically disadvantaged young people in Leatherhead North. Our aim is to help young people be safe, happy, resilient, and able to make positive changes in their own lives and in their community.
We take a relational and positive approach which provides support and skills to young people, helping them to overcome barriers they are facing and build a brighter future. We are a team of experienced youth workers and counsellors who care about the local community, and between us we have a total of 60 years of delivering services to young people in Leatherhead. You can read more about our history by scrolling down to our timeline.
Our Core Values
These core values summarise our ethos and approach as an organisation.
LYP Mission, Vision and Safeguarding
Our Vision A world in which young people are happy, safe and making a positive difference in their communities and the wider world.
Our Mission Our Mission is to support young people by providing positive role models, practical and emotional help, and opportunities which empower them to make positive changes in their lives.
Safeguarding Underpinning our vision and mission is a commitment to safeguarding the young people, staff, volunteers and all who we work with.
- Everyone has the right to be treated equally regardless of age, gender, ethnic origin, culture, religious belief, language, disability or sexual orientation.
- LYP is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all young people, staff and volunteers.
- LYP is committed to promoting a climate in which anyone can feel confident about sharing any concerns about their own safety or well being, or that of another person and knowing staff will respond with sensitivity and professionalism.
- All staff and volunteers are fully trained in safeguarding issues and child protection procedures.
- LYP and all of its activities are governed by the Safeguarding Young People and Vulnerable People policy for this organisation.
- LYP has a complaints policy, and any young person; parent, carer or guardian or another professional or member of the public should feel free to raise a concern with the CEO Jude Crome – email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 01372 383345 or with the Chair of the Board Rob Stevens – email email@example.com.
Leatherhead is a place we are passionate about and we are glad to be a part of this wonderful community. We launched as a charity in 2005 with the aim of serving the community of Leatherhead North. Statistics show that there is a high number of NEET young people (not in education, employment or training) and some young people face economic disadvantage and a lack of opportunities. As an organization it is our aim to help build on the strengths of our community, whilst helping to address local deprivation through supporting young people and working with partnership organisations.
We see these statistics as an opportunity to understand the needs of our community in order to respond in a way which is informed and in consultation with local people. Our aim is that the youth work we do will have a direct impact on these statistics and help see positive change in our community.
In 2017 LYP, with the support of three local churches, re-launched community youth work in Bookham. Though Leatherhead and Bookham are geographically very close, the two areas have different demographics. Whilst Bookham has it’s own pockets of deprivation, we are passionate about supporting ALL young people to thrive.
We began by launching BYouth, our open access after school youth café and then quickly expanded this to a full range of targeted youth work. Through our relational approach, experienced team and the variety of projects we offer, we are able to engage local young people in discussions and support them in making positive changes in their own lives and community.